April 4 - April 25, 2018

Elise Mary

Bethel Goes Green!

"Just trying to make things a little cleaner and a little greener."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,492 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    435
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    390
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    30
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    7
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    20
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    15
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    78
    gallons of water
    have been saved
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched

Challenges

Food

composting

#60 Composting, #3 Reduced Food Waste

I will start a compost bin where I live.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Keep Track of Wasted Food

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will keep a daily log of food I throw away during the EcoChallenge, either because it went bad before I ate it, I put too much on my plate, or it was scraps from food preparation.

COMPLETED 7 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Support Nutrient Management

#65 Nutrient Management

I will buy from organic and local farmers who have made the decision to not use synthetic nitrogen fertilizers.

COMPLETED 5 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture

#11 Regenerative Agriculture

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning about the need for more regenerative agriculture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn the Truth About Expiration Dates

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will spend at least 60 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Support Local Food Systems

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will source 5 meal(s) from local producers each day. This could include signing up for a local CSA, buying from a farmer's market, visiting a food co-op, foraging with a local group, or growing my own ingredients.

COMPLETED 4 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Women and Girls

Host a Film Screening

#6 Educating Girls, #7 Family Planning, #62 Women Smallholders

I will host a film screening and discussion about women's and gender equality issues.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Women and Girls

Start a Social Media Campaign

#6 Educating Girls

I will share stats on gender inequity in education with my social media feed to raise awareness.

COMPLETED 3 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Materials

Choose Recycled Paper

#70 Recycled Paper

If I have to buy paper products, I will only purchase products made from post-consumer recycled paper for my home or office.

COMPLETED 4 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Materials

Become A Master Recyler/Composter

#55 Household Recycling

I will sign up for a Master Recycler/Composter program in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips

#47 Bioplastic

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 5 friends, family and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will save up to 15 gallons (56 L) of water a day by installing a low-flow showerhead.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Install a Toilet Bank

#46 Water Saving - Home

I will reduce the amount of water flushed and save up to 11 gallons (41 L) of water per day by installing a toilet tank bank.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Materials

Properly Dispose of Refrigerants

#1 Refrigerant Management

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to properly dispose of my refrigerator, freezer, and other refrigerants at the end of their useful lives.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Purchase a Carbon Offset

#43 Airplanes

If I buy a plane ticket, I will purchase a carbon offset.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Advocate For Greener Vehicles

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will assess the vehicles used by my company or college and advocate for a purchasing policy focused on electric and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Transport

Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

#26 Electric Vehicles

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 2

#5 Tropical Forests

I will replace or remove products in my current diet that are known to contribute to deforestation.

COMPLETED 6 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Land Use

Forest-Friendly Foods 1

#5 Tropical Forests

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching the impact of my diet to see how it contributes to deforestation.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Land Use

Choose Better Wood Products

#38 Forest Protection

I will only purchase wood and paper products from ecologically certified sources like Forest Stewardship Council.

COMPLETED 5 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Electricity Generation

Explore Other Electricity Generation Solutions

All Electricity Generation Solutions

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching other Drawdown Electricity Generation Solutions.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Solar Water Consultation

#41 Solar Water

I will contact a local installer/distributor to see if a solar water heater makes sense for my house.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Micro Wind

#76 Micro Wind

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of Micro Wind.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Learn More about Wave and Tidal Energy

#29 Wave and Tidal

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning more about the energy generation potential of wave and tidal energy.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Rooftop Solar Consultation

#10 Rooftop Solar

After researching the incentives at the federal, state, utility, and local levels, I will contact a local installer/distributor for a solar panel installation consultation on my house.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Electricity Generation

Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits

#2 Wind Turbines (Onshore), #8 Solar Farms

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will purchase Renewable Energy Credits to match my usage.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Learn More about Silvopasture

#9 Silvopasture

I will spend at least 60 minutes watching videos and/or reading about the environmental benefits of silvopasture.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Zero-waste Cooking

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will cook 1 meal(s) with zero-waste each day.

COMPLETED 7 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Smaller Portions

#3 Reduced Food Waste

I will use smaller plates and/or serve smaller portions when dishing out food.

COMPLETED 7 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Reduce Animal Products

#4 Plant-Rich Diet

I will enjoy 5 meatless or vegan meal(s) each day of the challenge.

COMPLETED 6 OF 22
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • Elise Mary 4/23/2018 6:43 AM
    I did not throw away any food at breakfast today. Woohoo!
  • Reflection Question
    Food composting
    Producing uneaten food squanders many resources—seeds, water, energy, land, fertilizer, hours of labor, financial capital. Which of these motivates you the most to change your behavior regarding food waste?

    Elise Mary 4/22/2018 9:58 PM
    My mom will be buying the big bin this summer when we have more time to assemble it.  I hope Bethel can get a bin as well.  The squandering of water is what concerns me most and motivates me the most to change my behavior.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Purchase a Carbon Offset
    A round-trip flight from New York City to Los Angeles emits just over 1 ton of CO2. Imagine a giant balloon with a diameter of 10 yards. If this balloon were filled with CO2, it would weigh about 1 ton. This flight would fill just about one of these balloons. What can you do to reduce the number of flights you take per year?

    Elise Mary 4/22/2018 9:54 PM
    I do not fly that much, but I did buy the carbon offset of my flight to Haiti.  I probably go on one flight every year, maybe two flights a year.  I will continue this offset practice.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Share Bioplastic Disposal Tips
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Elise Mary 4/22/2018 9:53 PM
    I am most concerned about how the US is the greatest contributor to CO2 emissions.  I am concerned about CO2 emissions and the atmosphere the most, besides water usage.
  • Reflection Question
    Transport Advocate For Greener Vehicles
    How does advocating for green vehicles in your community connect to your values? How might you be able to get others involved in advocating for the shift to fuel-efficient vehicles?

    Elise Mary 4/22/2018 9:52 PM
    Going to talk to rep about the car thing ASAP. I can get others involved through CR.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
    What would a sustainable water future in your region look like? What needs to change?

    Elise Mary 4/22/2018 9:51 PM
    A sustainable water future would look like less pollutant runoff into our lakes.  Organic farming needs to flourish, and we need to get rid of the American front lawn.  Ridiculous.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Install a Toilet Bank
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

    Elise Mary 4/22/2018 9:49 PM
    We can have our external water filters backed up and ready.  We can get a solar water heater and a rainwater collection system.
  • Reflection Question
    Materials Become A Master Recyler/Composter
    What could you do differently to waste less?

    Elise Mary 4/22/2018 9:48 PM
    I can reuse items instead of even having to recycle. I can come up with ways to make my lifestyle more waste free.  I can bring my own takeout containers to restaurants.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Choose Renewable Energy or Purchase Renewable Energy Credits
    Your utility company is able to tell you your average energy usage. Ask them how your energy usage compares to others in your zipcode, and in your state. What steps can you take each day to reduce your electricity usage?

    Elise Mary 4/22/2018 9:46 PM
    I can unplug my everyday devices when not in use.  I can install dimmers on LED lights. I can install solar heating devices. I can ask my university to install the washing machine device I use at home.
  • Reflection Question
    Electricity Generation Solar Water Consultation
    Diversifying our energy supply and improving public health are just two benefits of renewable energy. What other motivators inspire you to consider installing a solar water heater in your home?

    Elise Mary 4/22/2018 9:44 PM
    A solar water heater would save money and it would reduce our home carbon footprint.